Server RADAR & Aircraft Control

There are two primary RADAR and control tools on the SoW server. These are:
1. The “in-mission RADAR”, AND
2. Human player RADAR and CONTROL

Providing control services is a vital function that acts as a significant force multiplier on the server and can greatly improve the chances of survival and success for players, as well as being incredibly immersive and fun. For that reason, players who volunteer to provide controller services are recognised here on the SoW statistics pages.

The two primary RADAR and control tools are described below. Expand out the relevant section for details:

THE IN-MISSION RADAR

For when there are no human radar controllers (and, even if there are), Storm of War provides an automated radar service for finding both enemy and friendly contacts. The RADAR is accessed via your in-game “Communications Menu” and then by selected the “F10 OTHER” option from the communications menu.
There is a video which explain this in detail below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgPz0dI8QJE

Note that the radars are limited by range, terrain-masking and altitude of the target, so coverage/contacts are not guaranteed. The specifics of the rang and altitude bands can change over time, so the details in the video are not always correct. The below provides the current Range and Altitude Bands:

HUMAN PLAYER RADAR & CONTROL

For when there are no human radar controllers (and, even if there are), Storm of War provides an automated radar service for finding both enemy and friendly contacts. The RADAR is accessed via your in-game “Communications Menu” and then by selected the “F10 OTHER” option from the communications menu.
There is a video which explain this in detail below:
Note that the radars are limited by range, terrain-masking and altitude of the target, so coverage/contacts are not guaranteed. The specifics of the rang and altitude bands can change over time, so the details in the video are not always correct. The below provides the current Range and Altitude Bands:Human player RADAR and CONTROL

You will need to have the SRS (Simple-Radio Standalone) plugin to communicate with human ground controllers. You will also need to have your aircraft electrics turned on, and the radio tuned to the relevant “Guard” channel as per the mission Briefing.
For reference the relevant frequencies are:
Allies – Channel A, 124 Mhz
Axis – Channel II, 42Mhz

The Allied Fighter Controllers and Fighter Director Tenders Systems and the Axis Jagerleitführer system are the ground-controlled interception (GCI) networks for the Normandy Region in 1944. We use these as representative air controller role on the DCS Storm of War server. In addition, certain specific airfields have ground control functions which can be reached on the relevant airfield channel on your radio, if operating at the time you are online.

Together with the SRS (Simple-Radio Standalone) plugin for DCS, these provide a means for human-controlled situational awareness and coordination for battle operations.

Due to the fog of war, and the relative infancy of RADAR control systems during WW2 (when compared to modern day) Human controllers are unable to control aircraft down to the dogfight level, or to provide detailed information about the location of aircraft which are within combat range. The controllers main functions are:
1. Providing individual players with details of the nearest bandit or two (bearing, height, range, heading)
2. Providing individual players with any emergency information that they might not be aware of (the sudden presence of a previously unknown contact right on top of them)
3. Coordinating the entire team. This involve forming individual players and sections up together. Allocating fighters to ground attack aircraft for escort duty. Forming up defensive screens at altitude to prepare for incoming attacks. Providing sector-wide information now and then to ALL players on channel (for example, if a major enemy action is identified, or if the RADAR picture goes clear for a time) and directing ground attack forces of any plotted incoming interceptions.

The following Call-signs are used by the air controllers:

Kenway = Kenway is the call-sign for the “Senior Fighter Control” (Normandy Campaign, 1944, REF). This is the call-sign that pilots will commonly hear being used on the Allied side (for now). These controller made use of the Fighter Director Tenders (FDT, REF1, REF2), which were stationed just off the coast. The sector control was responsible for local AA and balloon defences as well as directing fighters safely back to an airfield after a sortie.

JaFü (pronounced “Ya Foo”) = is short for Jagdflieger Führer. Specifically, we are using “JaFü 5”, which was the forward controller that operated in the Normandy area at the time of the invasion (REF). The function of the Jafü was carry out operational and tactical control and also to perform intercept control (REF). Note that there was a separate organisation for the night fighter units. For Normandy this was NJRF 117, but we stick with JaFü for simplicity.

HOW TO PLAY AS A CONTROLLER ON SoW

If you are interested in joining the SoW controller team, you will need to download and install SRS and LotATC and Discord. Join the SoW Discord Channel and then send a PM to the channel Administrators expressing your interest in being a controller. Further details will then be provided to you.

SoW Discord Invite: https://discord.com/invite/4Csg6E7

For reference the relevant radio frequencies for the teams (main guard channels) are
Allies – Channel A, 124 Mhz
Axis – Channel II, 42Mhz

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